The 23-year-old rose to become one of the Bundesliga’s top midfielders after signing for Borussia Monchengladbach from FC Basel in summer 2012, providing tenacity and control of possession in the middle of the park.
Indeed, he averaged 2.4 tackles, 2.7 interceptions and a whopping 82 accurate passes per league match during the 2015/16 season, but also picked up three red cards in 28 Bundesliga outings.
Following relentless speculation, Arsenal confirmed earlier this week that they’d agreed a deal for the Switzerland international – believed to be worth around £30million.
But according to The Daily Star, Xhaka snubbed interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool in the process, reportedly holding talks with manager Jurgen Klopp last year.
At the same time, Xhaka has revealed that three former Gunners stars helped convince him to join the north London club – Gladbach team-mate Havard Nordtveit and countrymen Johan Djourou and Philippe Senderos.
As quoted by The Daily Star, he said; “I spoke with [Nordtveit] about Arsenal and he told me it’s a big club, a family club and it’s very important for me to come here.
“Philippe played here and I play with him in the national team. Johan and Philippe have only told me positive things. Arsenal is Arsenal. It’s not a small club, it’s a very big club and it’s like a family.
“It’s very good for me because I love my family and to have another family here is very good.”